Beaver Fever Friday – Sam Solensky – Mens Hockey

BSU Men’s Hockey Prepares For CCHA Series at St. Thomas

Bemidji State University Men’s Hockey Head Coach Tom Serratore and junior forward Sam Solensky met with the media Tuesday to discuss the Beavers’ upcoming Central Collegiate Hockey Association series at the Univerity of St. Thomas.

Earlier in the week, Bemidji State University senior co-captain Owen Sillinger was selected as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Forward of the Month. The Regina, Saskatchewan native recorded 14 points in six games during November.

Sillinger led the Beavers to a 4-2-0 record in November, which included a 3-1 record on the road and a 3-1 mark in league play. The senior netted a team-high 14 points on a BSU-best seven goals and seven assists. He sparked a power-play unit that was 7-for-17 (.412) during the month of play by collecting two goals and four assists for a team-high six points on the man advantage. In addition, he logged a game-winning goal.

This season, he leads BSU in goal (8) and assist (13) scoring and possesses a team-high 21 points, which also ties him for the CCHA scoring lead.

In 109 games as a member of the Beaver Hockey program, Sillinger has piled up 89 points on 42 goals and 47 assists to lead all current Beavers in scoring.

In addition to Sillinger, Minnesota State University defender Jake Livingstone and goaltender Dryden McKay, as well as Austin Swankler of Bowling Green State University (rookie) earned CCHA player of the month accolades following the second month of play.

Bemidji State University junior defenseman Elias Rosén has been selected as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Defensive Player of the Week. Rosén recorded three points in a nonconference series at Arizona State.

Rosén netted his first goal of the season while adding two assists in the road series with the Sun Devils, Nov. 24 and 26. He recorded his first multi-assist game of the season posting two helpers in a 4-3 victory to open the two-game set, which included an assist on the power play. He added a power-play goal in Friday’s 6-4 loss. In all, he had a hand in two of the Beavers’ three power-play goals on the weekend for a unit that went 3-for-5 in the series. He was also played a role on the BSU penalty-kill unit that held ASU scoreless on 10 opportunities.

In 74 games as a member of the Beaver Hockey program, the Mora, Sweden native has 48 points on 11 goals and 37 assists.

Rosén becomes the fifth BSU student-athlete to earn player of the week recognition from the CCHA. He follows teammate Tyler Kirkup, who earned the league’s forward of the week recognition Oct. 18, the Oct. 25 CCHA Goaltender of the Week, Mattias Sholl, while Owen Sillinger was selected as the Forward of the Week and Jere Vaisanen earned Rookie of the Week honors Nov. 12.

The Beavers, now 8-6-0 overall will return to CCHA play, where they are 6-2-0, this weekend when they travel to St. Paul, Minn. to face the newest NCAA Division I team in the county, the University of St. Thomas. Opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and again Saturday at St. Thomas Ice Arena.